Return to Play fund

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The Fund is still accepting applications for reimbursement and will close on Wednesday 30 September.


In response to New Zealand once again moving up the COVID-19 alert levels, with the Wellington region returning to alert level 2, the Sport Wellington 'Return to Play' fund will re-open from 12 August 2020. The fund will operate on a first-in, first-served basis until the funds are fully distributed. If successful, applicants can expect to receive payment (reimbursement) within 21 days of their application being submitted. 

The fund is available to community sport, active recreation, health and physical activity providers. There are no affiliation requirements. Refer below for some examples of the types of organisations that can apply.

What the fund covers

  • Applicants can claim for COVID-19 related expenses such as the purchase of COVID signage/printing, hygiene items e.g. hand sanitiser and PPE gear, and costs associated with contact tracing apps; if organisations have yet to purchase these, they can do so now, with the funds to be applied retrospectively.
  • The costs need to have been incurred after 10 July 2020.
  • Eligible costs of up to $3,000 (exclusive of GST if you are GST registered) will be reimbursed so long as proof of purchase is attached to the application.  

We ask that if your organisation anticipates that further costs will be incurred in this area over the coming weeks, that you submit your application once all purchases have been made. This is to avoid organisations making multiple applications to this fund.

Examples of the types of organisations that can apply for this fund 

The Sport Wellington ‘Return to Play’ Fund is available to community sport, active recreation, health and physical activity providers that work to increase the physical activity levels, and thus wellbeing, of Wellingtonians; there are no affiliation requirements for this fund. Below is a list of the types of organisations that we can fund:

  • Community Sporting organisations (e.g. Regional Sports Organisations, Local Sporting Clubs)

  • Community physical activity/recreation providers (e.g. local Community Strength and Balance providers, independent exercise instructors, health organisations who deliver community physical activity programmes)

  • Youth providers (e.g. Ignite Sport, YouthTown, Shift) 

  • Disability organisations (e.g. Riding for the Disabled Club, Halberg Foundation)

What you need to apply

The application form is very simple and should only take about 10 minutes to complete, so long as you have your invoice and receipts/proof of purchase saved on your computer ready to upload.

Documents for attachment can be saved as word, excel, pdf, jpeg or png files.

Remember, the costs need to be for the purchase of COVID signage/printing, hygiene items e.g. hand sanitiser and PPE gear, and costs associated with contact tracing apps.

If you have any questions, please email returntoplay@sportwellington.org.nz  

Apply now